Access to justice panel discussion

Thursday, November 22, 2012 - 17:30 to 19:00


Are you interested in legal justice? The Social Justice Action Network at UBC Law would like to invite you to join us for a panel discussion about access to justice in Canada. Through our experiences in the law school we have been confronted with the crisis of access to justice, and we are hoping to foster a discussion about possible solutions. We will be discussing the key cases that have influenced the provision of access to justice, the importance of protecting access to justice, and barriers people face when seeking legal help. We have a great list of speakers with a wide array of experience working in the area including Jamie Maclaren from Access Pro Bono, Laura Track from West Coast LEAF, and Margot Young a professor at UBC Law.  The discussion is on November 22 at 12:30 pm. It will take place in Room 122, Allard Hall, at 1822 East Mall. 

Margot Young, UBC Faculty of Law and Housing Justice Project

Professor Young is very involved in work with a number of non-governmental groups working on issues of women's economic equality and justice. She has authored alternative reports for the National Association of Women and the Law for the last two of Canada's periodic reviews under the United Nations ICESCR and ICCPR. Recently she co-authored and presented to the United Nations CEDAW Committee in New York NGO reports on Canada's and British Columbia's failure to comply with obligations under the Women's Convention.

Professor Young has legal and sociological expertise in practical struggles for economic justice in Canada. As a constitutional law scholar, she has experience in equality litigation. She has studied and written on strategic use of rights and public engagement around equality issues using the law. A considerable amount of her scholarly work is done in conjunction with community researchers and activists. She has knowledge of the community of non-governmental organizations in Vancouver and is well situated to bring community groups into the proposed project as active participants.

Jamie Maclaren, Executive Director of Access Pro Bono

Mr. Maclaren joined PBLBC in June 2005 after practising in labour and employment law with a downtown Vancouver firm. Throughout his legal career, Mr. Maclaren has been committed to pro bono service.  He has served as a Director of the Community Legal Assistance Society, and as Executive Director of the UBC Law Students’ Legal Advice Program (LSLAP).   He volunteers as a supervising lawyer for LSLAP, conducts legal seminars for the Salvation Army's Break the Cycle Program, provides pro bono legal advice at both Access Justice and Salvation Army clinics in Vancouver's Downtown and Eastside, and provides pro bono representation to several indigent clients each year.  He presently serves as a Director of Ten Percent Environmental Society.  Mr. Maclaren also maintains a part-time pro bono practice in the areas of human rights and employment law.

Laura Track, Legal Director of West Coast LEAF

Laura has just recently started at West Coast LEAF as the Legal Director.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and an LLB, both from The University of British Columbia.  Currently, she is working on her Masters degree in International Human Rights Law at Oxford University.  Laura has always respected West Coast LEAF's work and sees the organization as an important one for the advancement of women's equality rights.  Laura previously worked at Pivot Legal Society as the Housing Campaign Lawyer and she was responsible for strategic litigation and law reform for the right to housing.

All are welcome! We hope to see you there!



UBC Law at Allard Hall
1822 East Mall
Vancouver , BC
49° 15' 37.7496" N, 123° 14' 46.4676" W
British Columbia CA
Karen Segal

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